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Coat Drive, Turkey Giveaway to Be Held in Charlottesville

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In Charlottesville, there are two efforts to make sure no one gets too hungry or too cold during the holidays. The Young Black Professional Network is handing out 100 turkeys for its first turkey giveaway and a group called Helping Young People Evolve is giving away coats and shoes for Christmas.

Both drives are being kick-started by one man who wants to help the community. Wes Bellamy says people helped him growing up and it made an impression.

“I remember what it was like to not have a coat,” he said. “I remember what it was like to cut mold off of bread because you are hungry.”

Bellamy says anyone who needs a turkey can get one at the Jefferson School on November 24 at 4 p.m. Anyone interested in donating turkeys can bring them to the Jefferson School around 2 p.m. the same day.

Bellamy is also a driving force behind the third annual Coat Drive for Christmas. He says families in need of winter coats can pick them up at First Baptist Church at 4 p.m. December 21.

He says the nonprofit Helping Young People Evolve, or HYPE, hopes to match last year’s collection of more than 500 coats. There are drop-off locations at JJ's Barbershop at Barracks Road Shopping Center, First Baptist Church and Virginia Organizing.

“We are looking for gently worn shoes, gently worn coats, scarves, hats. Whatever you have that will keep someone warm, we will take them,” Bellamy said.

Bellamy says he hopes the organizations and the drives they sponsor will establish life-long relationships.

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